I have knit a couple of fair isle items - mittens and hand warmers. Both small projects. I knew I had a lot to learn and more then a few hours of practice before I would be happy with anything I made by this method. But why let a little thing like that stop me.
I saw and fell in love with a vest from Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2014 - The Waistcoat designed by Franklin Habit. I loved the vest and thought of my son when I saw it.
I immediately ordered "Bugga" yarn from Verdant Griffon in Black Hole Evaporation (black) and Persephone (red). I walked over to the yarn store and bought the 2 needles I would need. The yarn came, was wound and I cast on. I knit and knit and knit.
And it puckered. It didn't seem like it was puckering as I knit it but it puckering snuck in when I wasn't looking. So I frogged the thing, rewound the yarn and cast on for the second time. I knit and knit and knit and knit. It didn't seem like it was puckering. I searched the web for any tidbit of info I could find. I read enough to convince myself that it wasn't puckering too bad and would come out in the blocking And so I kept knitting. Then I had to start decreasing for the arms and back. As there were less stitches on the needle the stitches started to stretch and I saw, for the first time, what fair isle is suppose to look like. So I frogged the whole thing, again.
I rewound the yarns, again. And for a third time I cast on. I am taking care to spread my stitches this time. At the same time I'm trying to keep the proper yarn tension so I don't get wonky stitches. It is slower then plain stockinette but oh so pretty.
And my concerns over blocking it out have disappeared.
Good thing too because I can just see the look on my sons face as I try to explain blocking to him.